Roller blades in 2010

By Sorcia Dragonkiss

Roller blading as a recreational sport. Teetering along at a runners pace, a helmet holding your hair in place, the speed of the wheels rotating beneath you feels like you’re slipping on ice. Until you hit a bump which feels like a speed hump and you hurtle secondarily into the air and land clumsily on the other side. Then you pull up with the aid of a brake on the back of your blade and you feel the energy flow. You work your legs, buttocks and abdomen to roll and balance. Your arms promote motion and you are basically left to footwork for direction, control and ability.


Like other sports a stretch and a warm up is invaluble, and once you get rolling ALWAYS wear protective eqiupment. This and understanding you are at the beginning not the professional end of a sport. Recreational rollerblading, a common sport in the 1990’s is now a little unusual on the street. Cyclists are out in force, and runners take up the walkway but to find a roller blader is rare. Still roller rinks are available for use by roller bladers, and roller skaters , until late at night in your town. Getting on your feet in your 20’s is harder than you think, but is not only a sensible activity for your fitness, it’s a unique way of expressing yourself on the roadside.


Footpaths have never seemed so hazardous! Purchase a professional roller blade with straps and laces. A boot that fits securely and wheels that are rotating as well as you are so you glide along the surfaces you choose to encounter. A professional sporting goods store or professional skating store will aid your purchase from beginning to end with a variety of blading equipment, safety equipment and useful advice to get you up and rolling! As a spring-summer activity, roller blading or roller skating is outstanding for fitness, health and well being. Attempting something you never thought you’d try, roller blades keep you moving all through the hotter months, and are a great social activity for throughout the year. If you ski or snowboard the rollerblades are custom built to support your foot and ankle structure which feels a lot like a snow boot or binding that you clip up in a matter of seconds. Once strapped and bound into your roller blade you have a tricky time getting to your feet, but its worth it! And from there its flat surfaces, to slopes, to the kerb!!! And beyond! A sensible place to go regularly to get the fitness and strength for the sport is to a rink. Look one up online via google. An avid skater and supporter I recommend you get rolling as soon as you are able!